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>> have fun enjoying the eclipse with your family. the president speaking tonight at 9:00. >> have a great eclipse monday. >> bill: search and rescue mission underway overseas for 10 u.s. sailors now missing after the navy destroy the uss john mccain colliding with a tanker. officials say it happened east of singapore. that ship suffering serious damage in the fourth mishap for u.s. navy vessels since february of this year. developing story, more details as they come in at "america's newsroom." president donald trump is set to chart a new course in afghanistan. he will announce his decision in a prime time address to the nation and we all will be watching for that. the gang is back together here in new york. we come to you live.
good morning, everybody on the eclipse day. how are you doing? >> shannon: welcome back to new york city. >> bill: i escaped the swamp. it gave me a hard time. >> shannon: glad you made it here. i'm shannon bream. president trump's speech comes tonight. defense secretary james mattis is tight lipped on what the president has decided but will have broad impact beyond afghanistan. >> the president has made a decision, as he said. he wants to be the one to announce it to the american people. so i'll stand silent until then. until that point. once he announces what the strategy is, we can get more precise on afghanistan troop levels, what we'll do. >> shannon: doug mcelway is live at the white house. the president doesn't have a lot of good choices here. >> he is facing the same difficult choices his two
predecessors faced. he is facing the longest war in u.s. history now stretching into its 16th year, as you said. there is no clear victory in sight. the instinct is to pull out to save american lives and treasure. that would allow the toxic brew of al qaeda, taliban and other bad actors to run free in afghanistan. that's the same dynamic that allowed for the successful carrying out of the 9/11 attacks in 2001. on friday the president met with his national security team at camp david and settled upon a future afghanistan policy. one that begrudgingly acknowledges that afghanistan is worth the continued long-term fight. jim mattis hinted at what the strategy is and hinted at the mess he inherited. >> i might make minor changes, you know, 100 security troops in, you know, 75 engineers
working on a project. there is a very strange accounting procedure i inherited that what i'm probably going to end up doing is putting everyone into one thing and say here is how many is really there now. it's more than what i read in the newspaper when i got here. >> complicating the strategy the taliban is changing its tactics as well carrying out more suicide attacks. they know that's the kind of tactic that weakens american resolve. at the same time the u.s. has been stepping up its air strikes under the trump administration and the use of that moab bomb to decimate a taliban tunnel structure sent a strong signal that the trump administration is not as conflicted about an afghanistan policy as many contend the previous administration was. >> shannon: doug, this is a prime time address but it won't be at the white house where you are. a different venue. what do you make of the significance of that?
>> only the third prime time address that president trump has delivered. it will happen at fort meyer, virginia, the army base in arlington. sends a signal trump is the commander-in-chief who takes wise council from his national security team and sends a very contrasting message from the -- what many said was a self-inflicted wound from his remarks at the press conference where he shot from the hip about charlottesville and incurred lots of controversy and self-inflicted wound from that statement. this is a presidential address different from the last one. >> shannon: thanks, doug. >> bill: late last night the president went back to the white house after his working vacation. byron york is here with us. i'm told he will have a personal message for the troops tonight as that's as all that they're willing to talk about.
what will he decide, byron? >> first of all, in this whole debate the president has been asking a fundamental question, which is after 16 years in afghanistan, why are we still there? how come this hasn't worked earlier? and he is trying to come up with some sort of policy that would work. it looks right now that he is going to come up with a fairly conventional answer, an increase of troops in afghanistan, maybe 4,000 troops, maybe more. which will not satisfy the old steve bannon wing, some of his supporters who wanted to see a decrease in u.s. involvement in afghanistan. one thing we might see that would probably satisfy everybody would be a loosening of the rules of engagement in afghanistan, the legal restrictions on when and when not american forces can attack taliban positions. >> bill: he is reluctant, you know that. he stated that publicly going
back a couple years now and he pushed his generals to come up with different ideas. that's the reason why they got together on friday at camp david and general mattis admitted that over the weekend. >> he has been constantly pushing for ideas. do we have to increase? can we let other countries pick up more of the burden here? apparently what they keep going back to is if u.s. forces leave afghanistan, the taliban will completely take over, run wild and it will be a haven for terrorists just as it was before september 11th and it was the launching place for the september 11th attacks. so trump has said during the campaign if you remember when he talked about iraq he said it was a big fat mistake to go into iraq but he did not say the same thing about afghanistan. as a matter of fact he said in october 2015 that he would keep the troops there, quote, begrudgingly. that may be what we see tonight.
>> bill: thank you for that. we'll be waiting for it. complete coverage of the address later tonight in our prime timeline-up starting at 6:00 eastern with powerful prime time lineup. bret baier, special coverage 8:55 eastern time. we'll carry it live on fox. stay tuned after the speech for a live hannity at 10:00 eastern time followed by the five live at 11:00 tonight. >> shannon: meanwhile america is gearing up for a total solar eclipse today starting in oregon and making its way across the country ending in south carolina. the u.s. has not witnessed one of these in 40 years not to mention it's the first solar eclipse to cross from coast to coast in 100 years. the entire journey could take
close to two hours. it will end this afternoon near charleston, south carolina. folks can't contain their excitement. >> definitely excited. i don't think i've seen one before. it will be an interesting event probably. it will be weird to have twilight hour in the morning. >> hour boys wanted to see it. just always wanted to see it. >> it is a unique experience. you don't get to do too many of those in your life. >> shannon: according to scientists, the best spot to get a look at the eclipse is right where you are. >> at least that's what they tell me and why we're here. people are starting to wake up in their tents. we're three hours away from when the moon will start to eclipse the sun but then the full eclipse is a little over four hours away. people are saying this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. that's why they have flocked to the path of totality and
flocked to oregon. this isn't like horse shoes. close doesn't count. the total eclipse is quite different from a partial eclipse and why thousands have descended on the town. the lower 48 all states will see partial covering of the sun. the people flocking to places like oregon want the full experience. 20,000 people took a carrot field over this week calling it solar town. here is some of the reaction from people as they get ready for this big eclipse. >> we're here to experience the eclipse because we missed woodstock. >> they say it's almost mystical to do it and yeah, i would like to see one before i -- while i'm on this side of the dirt. >> the next total solar eclipse that will go from coast to coast in the u.s. august 12th, 2045, 28 years from now, shannon. >> shannon: okay. it's a cool event. mystical as that gentleman said. we can learn something from this. what are scientists hoping to
get? >> yeah, scientists are learning a lot about how the sun works, the intensity of the sun and they will be studying the outer atmosphere of the sun, there is a lot more they can learn. nasa thinks this will be the most studied solar eclipse ever. primarily because so many people will be able to get to the area. matt henry is an amateur photographer so he will record it for a mega movie. he was hooked on this stuff when he saw haley's comment. >> i'm pretty excited. this is the top of my bucket list from astronomy-type event. i've seen a number of things like the northern lights. i've never seen a solar eclipse. this is the top. >> and the weather here is perfect. we see perfectly blue skies. there were fires to the west but that smoke is being pushed
to the south. so people in the band of totality here in central oregon will get a beautiful glimpse of the eclipse in four hours. >> bill: stay with us throughout the morning here. we have complete coverage what's happening outside. reporters across the country on this. later today shepherd hosts a live special coverage of the event at 12:00 noon eastern time. springer said 500 private planes flew into that small town in oregon. >> shannon: they took over a carrot field. don't look at it. i keep telling people. unless you have special glasses. if i had them i would share. they said emergency rooms, doctors offices, eye doctors gearing up for the damage people will do. >> bill: 11 minutes past the hour. >> shannon: breaking news on the terror attacks in spain. we're hearing another person has died as the international manhunt for the man driving the
fan intensifies. we're live in barcelona with the latest. plus this. >> the house and senate leadership has not bought into the president's agenda fully. i think the record of the last seven months bears that out. >> bill: former trump manager david bossie said republicans need to get on board. >> shannon: we're remembering comic legend jerry lewis who came to fame teaming up with dean martin. he passed away yesterday at the age of 91. we'll look back at his incredible career who made us laugh and raised billions of dollars for charity. ♪ i don't know why i didn't get screened a long time ago.
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manager david bossie saying republicans need to kick it in high gear on tax reform. bringing in john sununu, former chief of staff to george h.w. bush. he had an objective yesterday. he was putting all the onus on mitch mcconnell and paul ryan. is he right about that so far? >> it was good to hear from bossie a reaffirmation of the fact that bannon will continue to be a strong supporter of president trump and his agenda. but i think the president, the white house, and the supporters of president trump have to understand that congress is moved by a combination of the stick and the carrot. and if bannon is going to be part of the stick, that's good, but the white house has to really step up and be a significant part of the carrot. and you do this by negotiating with people, by making adjustments to legislation. but you also do it by the inherent perks of the white house.
talking to the president, visiting with the president, riding on air force one. all those tools that are available should be used and have to be used in a smart way. >> bill: so you're saying the white house hasn't utilized that to date. you would put how much of the responsibility at the foot of the president so far? >> look, it's in the constitution. it's the executive branch and the legislative branch have to come together to make legislation. both parties have to be an active part of the process. i think the white house, if there was one area that their inexperience has really hurt them it has been in dealing with congress. you don't get legislation out of congress by just browbeating congress, you really do have to use sugar and honey. >> bill: you mentioned steve bannon. did the swamp have a good week getting him to resign? >> you know, when i went to be chief of staff in the white house, i estimated i would be
there about nine months. i ended up being there a little over three years. i think steve bannon had about the same time frame in mind and so i don't think he was surprised at how long his comfort factor of being in there went on. the swamp wanted him out. i don't know they gained much by doing it. i think steve bannon will continue to have access to the president and so the communication will continue to be there and he will be a little freer on the outside. they may not have gained what they thought. >> bill: interesting. i think it will be a continued support of the president and his policies. i don't know about the others in the west wing. back to tax reform. the left has already come out and said we're going to give you a fight on this. how much can they influence or stop or hold up overall tax reform or what it may look like in the end, governor? >> this is where the white house bully pulpit comes into play and the president has to make it clear to the public
that the tax reform is an incentive for growth, an incentive for jobs, it is the best thing that could happen for the folks at the lower end of the spectrum who are looking for work and he has to put the onus of job killing and growth killing on the democrats. and that's one place that the bully pulpit of the white house can with sharp words make a difference. >> bill: thank you, governor, for your time today. interesting analysis there. it will be a fascinating september. what can they do? thank you, governor. enjoy the day. john sununu, thank you. >> shannon: quick thinking pilot pulls off an amazing emergency landing in florida. how that plane got right there on the interstate? what happened to the pilot and passenger? >> bill: also, shannon, it is the great american eclipse. >> shannon: don't look at it. >> bill: a rare solar eclipse making its way across the nation and bream is staring right into it now. grab your glasses and get ready for a once in a lifetime
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>> shannon: continuing our coverage of the great american eclipse. hemmer is very excited. a few short hours away before the solar eclipse crosses across the country. we're live in carbondale, illinois where the eclipse will last the longest. >> this is a very special location because you will be able to view the ellipse in its entirety for 2 minutes and 43 seconds. the longest viewing period of anywhere in the country. this is at southern illinois university. you can call it an eclipse viewing party a lifetime in the making. 15,000 tickets sold and they might be trying to squeeze in more people than that. because it's a special location a lot of people from around the country made the pilgrimage here. these ladies drove from chicago. you booked your hotel in may and tell us why you're here today. >> went to mexico in 1991 to see one and have to come back to see another one. wound miss it.
>> this gentleman, eric, took the train from michigan. you've seen a few eclipses but you have equipment to help you out this time. >> i have a computer to record the eclipse for me because i can watch it. it only seems like it lasts 10 seconds. >> last time you were looking down at your equipment and you missed it. here is your camera to capture it for you. >> that's right. >> there are tents, food, music going on. very festive atmosphere here in southern illinois and unique location for viewing the eclipse here right outside of carbondale. >> shannon: very nice. i like it. these people are excited. they travel to mexico and go places for the eclipse. >> bill: you saw them when you were a kid? i looked up. i can still see, can you see? >> shannon: i didn't look. i didn't. i followed the orders of my eye doctors unless you have the glasses. >> bill: police have a face and name now. breaking news overseas, final suspect in the deadly terror attack in spain.
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>> bill: it is 9:30 here in new york. we're learning a 15th victim in the terror attacks if spain as we follow breaking news in a manhunt for a 22-year-old moroccan suspect. police raiding the suspect's home setting off an estimated 800 checkpoints. connor powell live in barcelona. connor, hello. >> the death roll was raised to 15 people. there was a man stabbed to death as the 15th victim of the attack. they believe this man's car was stolen and he was attacked and killed by the driver of the
white van who crashed into dozens of people here. spanish authorities are looking for the man, 22-year-olddown abouyaaquoub. a man believed to have been the driver of the fan that swerved all down the promenade here killing 14 people and wounding more than 100. there is a european wide manhunt for this man. spanish authorities are saying they can't rule out he has not only fled barcelona but possibly spain and maybe gone to france or belgium. they've expanded the search for him. other european officials are trying to find him. spanish authorities are telling us what the possible attack could have been, it could have been much larger. authorities finding more than 100 gas canisters at one of the locations and connected three rental vans to the attackers to these 12 attackers. spanish authorities, bill,
believe the attack could have been much bigger, much larger, possible explosion seems to have been what they were aiming to do but after an accidental explosion on wednesday night at another house that killed two people it seemed they backed away from that plan and instend went with two ramming attacks. 15 people have been killed and more than 100 injured. >> bill: totally devastating there for a people of that city and country. connor powell. thank you. more to come on that as we get developments here. >> shannon: president donald trump set to chart a new course in afghanistan. the 16-year long war there and will announce his new stage grew in prime time address to the nation tonight. what options does he have. gillian turner is a national security staffer to president bush and obama. a lot of moving parts the
president has to deal with and the taliban. they have sanctuary in pakistan. al qaeda has a presence. iran is creating trouble there. so many other players. where does he begin in making this decision? >> the president is in an unenviable position here. i mean that in the sense he has no easy or good options. he is not from day one like president obama who came before him. there is an element that i would be remiss in not pointing out. i've been having a sense of deja vu all weekend. the beginning of 2009 with president obama who came to the white house. the situation on the ground was stalled if not deteriorating rapidly. we had already been in the country for a few years then. the taliban was making inroads. the seeds turning into isis were being planted then.
russia trying to make inroads in afghanistan. what does the united states do? do we pull out or increase the increase the troops? president trump is there today in 2017 all these years later. 8 1/2 years later. it's discouraging. >> shannon: he talked a lot during the campaign not wanting to prolong unnecessary wars. but the reports are that in these discussions with the military team and national security advisors there is a worry about not repeating the mistakes of the pull-out in iraq and how that played out. how much do you think that will factor into him balancing competing interests of not wanting to commit u.s. troops, life and treasure, but also not wanting to leave that country in shambles and open to becoming a terrorist haven >> i feel like pulling out of afghanistan entirely or in whole is not feasible in the sense the united states has such a tremendous investment. that's never a reason to stay,
but we've lost something like 2500 american lives. we've spent somewhere between 1 1/2 and 2 trillion dollars, depending whose matthew listen to. again, we've now launched sort of a platform for counter terrorism operations in the region from this country. to pull out seems short sighted but on one hand. on the other hand president trump ran for the office he now holds as someone who was going to wind down and bring to a close all of our engagements in the middle east. he has a political obligation to the american people to try and stay committed to that. this is why it's not easy for him. >> shannon: it's difficult for anybody. you can say all kinds of things during the campaign and having the best intentions. getting that daily briefing as commander-in-chief every day gives you the complexity of these situations. we have 8500 u.s. troops in afghanistan now. we're toldwork as well. there are reports that he is going to add to this troop total. how do you think that would
help or stabilize the situation? >> so the consensus that is growing in washington amongst the military policy community is that the president will shake out on this somewhere on adding somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000 more american troops and the idea behind this is that what these troops will do is add not to the combat mission, which is winding down or according to some people is over. what they will do is help train and advise and assist afghan troops in much the same capacity we've been there but give them a boost to really get over the hump and help defeat the taliban once and for all. i have think one of the things i'm most looking forward to hearing from the president tonight is not just that number, the number isn't everything in this situation. what he is going to do is lay out his vision for afghanistan and for the region and his strategy. i think this is something that a lot of us have been waiting with baited breath to hear for a long time from the president.
it will be a seminole moment for him in that regard. >> shannon: he will be over at fort meyer for folks who don't know across the potomac outside d.c. surrounded by troops. how do you think that makes a difference, the optics of it, the message that he is sending and the way he tells the american people about what he is going to do? it is asking more of them and those troops and their families. >> what it does is add to his substantial credibility as commander-in-chief. it adds to the message coming from the president, which is going to be if we're increasing american troops on the ground in afghanistan, i'm doing it with the full support of the military. i'm doing it not only with support of my military advisors, but with the support of troops who are going to be deployed there ultimately. and i think that's very powerful. delivering the message from the oval office doesn't necessarily send a different message but it sends a different signal, this is a political decision. he is talking to civilians.
tonight he is putting on his commander-in-chief hat and delivering that message from a military base. it adds a degree of strength and credibility to the position if we're sending more troops in. i think that's part of the calculus. >> shannon: another hot spot. north korea. we're gearing up to do as we do all the time military drills with south korea. the north is warning us not to saying it's provocative. china saying it the provoke pyongyang more and they are expected to make a radical response. they should try to stop the military exercises. your take? >> i don't agree with that. i think the military exercises done annually between the u.s. and south korea are not a provocation. they are something that have been long scheduled and also something that it's very important to move forward with
them. what this does is help president trump maintain the credible threat of the use of military force. that's something as a lot of analysts have pointed out was sorely lacking over the last 8 to 12 years. if we make this major push for diplomacy as the major solution for north korea, what will help us get over the line and succeed is maintaining that credible threat of military intervention and by continuing with these exercises i think the president signals he is serious about that. >> shannon: gillian turner. always good to see you. thank you so much. >> bill: gillian will be back with us later tonight in prime time, too. for reaction from the afghanistan announcement. thank you. prime time coverage here on fox. one of the perhaps greatest plays you will ever see junior league world series. check it out in realtime. watch here. >> just a tough way to go home. >> driven back, he is at the
warning track and over the fence. >> bill: he plays in the 13 to 15 age group. super human. a drama. they ruled it a catch and reversed it and said it was a catch in the end. ken et square, pennsylvania outside of philly. he plays in the 13 to 15-year-old age bracket. you don't see 30-year-old men doing that. that caught fire over the weekend. >> shannon: now he has to go to bed for three days after a broken back. >> bill: he is young. he'll bounce back. >> shannon: we're following the ongoing search and rescue operation for 10 u.s. sailors. they are missing after their u.s. navy destroyer collided with a tanker. we'll take you live in the pentagon. >> bill: the deadly violence in charlottesville followed up with a massive march in boston that remained peaceful and the police did their job. did you notice the difference? our panel takes that on next.
>> i grew up down in virginia not far from charlottesville. literally my entire life we have argued about these statues and i can tell you that never -- i cannot remember a single time when it was -- it ever became violent or tempers flair, people are passionate about it but there aren't racists. these people that came from the outside to create this mayhem in charlottesville are the only ones winning right now and it is very, very bad for our country. >> bill: there is charlie herd from fox news sunday and the
discussion on race in america. police in boston kept the piece over the weekend. 40,000 counter protestors against a free speech rally held by right wing activists. mary anne marsh and katie paf litsch. if you tell an inner city kid in michigan he has no future that's as bad as racism in america. katie start. >> he is right. it was president george w. bush who said the low expectations of bigotry is also a big problem we have in america. i know we're talking about tearing down these confederate statues. that won't get a kid in the inner city the education that they deserve when they are trapped in failing schools by unions and the liberal politicians who decide to keep them there.
the president has talked about both sides of this issue as we saw in boston over the weekend. i actually did see some violence there when there was a woman holding an american flag and a rioter dragged her through the park. the -- we're at a place in america where white supremacists and rioters who protest them are being shown as the majority in this country and they aren't. people are sick and tired of being called racist. these two groups don't represent the majority of americans. if you look at the polling 62% of the country, including most independence, don't think these statues should come down. >> this isn't a debate between left and right but right and wrong. this isn't about a debate about statues, it's a debate about
white supremacists. the folks who oppose statues would focus on that instead of his words. the words of the people all 40 of them who came to boston to have their say and they did and also some who made trouble on both sides. but here is the difference. in boston, mayor walshe, police commissioner and every single cop out there from boston and the state police defended and advocated the fact that people were talking about peace and love and condemning hate and condemning violence and diversity and inclusion. that's what they were out there for. there were people on both sides who came to make trouble period end of sentence. that was -- everybody opposed that. in fact people who came to protest condemned that and said no violence, no violence. >> bill: you make some excellent points there. the contrast between boston and
charlottesville a week earlier is stunning and stark. you think about this, this white supremeist group teamed up with vice for the rally the night before to get all the footage and video and all their interviews so vice could pump out its story and a white supremacists could get what they wanted. in charlottesville you have the state police, local police and national guard. where was the order to keep order in charlottesville? these were two bullies showing up on a playground just looking for a fight. you can't get close to a 10k on a country road on the weekends in america with red pylons set up. why did this happen? i think the governor of virginia still has to answer that question. why were these two groups allowed to physically confront one another? >> it goes into the issue of what the first amendment allows these groups to development you
can't keep two groups away from each other because something might happen despite their hatred and how far left or right they might be. they have a right to be there if they decide to get a permit. there could have been a bigger police force there. there are major questions about whether the police were asked to stand down. those need to be answered. i want to go back to something that mary anne said quickly. she said the president is the one focusing on the statues. that's not true. it's cory booker is introducing legislation to take down the statues and nancy pelosi. they are the ones arguing for that, not the president. >> trump is the one who brought up the statues first. boston set the bar for how you handle these things and everyone should emulate it. show up with 40,000 more people than the other side, peace, love, non-violence, simple, simple, simple. that's all you have to do. >> bill: you would admit virginia failed? >> that should have never happened that way.
we don't know the details. we're still learning that. you can have free speech and assembly two groups and not have hate and violence. >> bill: thanks to both of you. you look great in pink. thank you. >> shannon: we're mourning the loss of hollywood legend and humanitarian giant jerry lewis. a look back at his remarkable career as his comic, telethon fundraiser. >> goodbye, jerry, so long, nice to see you. >> there we go again. >> goodbye, folks. excuse me, are you aware of what's happening right now? we're facing 20 billion security events every day. ddos campaigns, ransomware, malware attacks... actually, we just handled all the priority threats. you did that? we did that.
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♪ and you'll never walk alone ♪ you'll never walk alone >> shannon: he will be missed. people around the world today remembering jerry lewis. passed away yesterday at 91 at his home in las vegas. a pioneer in the film industry and a champion in the fight against muscular dystrophy. that's skimming the surface of his career spanning seven decades. mary anne rafferty is live in los angeles with more. >> a legendary career that spanned decades. he is remembered for the way he made us laugh. he died peacefully at home surrounded by family. a gifted comedian he was 20 years old when he joined dean martin to become one of the most successful comedy acts in
hollywood history. but lewis's true love was helping the fight against muscular dystrophy. raising billions of dollars for the children that were jerry's kids. he hosted many telethons. his last interview was in december. a bit a awkward but as funny as ever. >> look up, jerry. >> was there never a moment that you thought it might be time to retire or you would want? >> why? >> lewis was sometimes controversial. recently becoming politically outspoken and known for his conservative views and also being known for at times tough to work with but his legacy is the laughter he gave us over many decades. flowers placed in remembrance
on his star in the walk of fame and tributes from hollywood pouring in on social media for the legendary funny man including this tweet from jim carrey. he was no dummy. he was an undeliable genius, a blessing, comedy's absolute. i am because he was. jerry lewis was 91 years old. >> shannon: thank you so much. >> bill: what a life. >> shannon: i don't know about you but i used to love -- i would watch the telethon with my grandparents and we would sit for hours with next and what's coming up next. they will go to the board and do the tally. he did so much good with the celebrity he had. >> bill: we will wait for the big reveal to tell us how many millions he raised and we'd cheer him on go, jerry, go. now he has gone to a better place at age 91. we will miss you.
at humana, we take a personal approach to your health, to provide care that's just as unique as you are. no matter what your name is. >> shannon: want to take you live where we expect to hear from defense secretary james mattis in moments. this is the ship that we expect him to talk about the uss john s. mccain has been in a collision with an oil tanker off the coast of singapore. the search is on for 10 missing navy sailors. with with that in mind we expect to hear from the defense secretary addressing a number of concerns this administration is now facing on the foreign policy front. what we know about this coming in right now this accident is still very few details because it has happened when there has been a number of collisions involving navy ships. one involved the deaths of
several sailors and the dismissal of three top officials on that navy ship. as the defense secretary is traveling on other matters we expect him to talk about this issue. an undeniable event now that has happened and that will require his attention. >> we've had four incidents going back to february. the question is why. the entire investigation will give us answers but it comes on a day when you have a huge decision on behalf of the commander-in-chief. on the way forward in afghanistan. all we've been told from the white house is that he will deliver a personal message to the troops but we don't know what he will decide. here is james mattis from overseas. >> you all know him. presidential envoy with whom i worked so closely at the department of defense, worked with and in support of our department of state and its foreign pollz. i want to begin by saying my thoughts and prayers are with the sailors and their families of the uss
john mccain. we obviously have an investigation underway. and that will determine what happened. i also fully support the chief of naval operations admiral john richardson's efforts right now. he has put together a broader inquiry to look into these incidents and to determine any of the causal factors to determine what is going on both immediate contributors to this incident but also any related factors. once we have those facts we'll share them with you. >> with the fitzgerald, together with that? >> the chief of naval operation's broader inquiry will look at all related accidents and incidents at sea, that sort of thing. he is going to look at all factors, not just the immediate
ones that will fall rightly under the fleet commander's investigation of what happened to his ship. this is a broader look at what is happening. >> broader seventh fleet investigation? >> yes, it is. and as we discussed saturday on the airplane coming out, this trip is part of the with and through effort with our allies. it is what we're going to do here is find how we can better support one another. >> shannon: you've been listening to the defense secretary james mattis. we lost that signal there. he started his remarks by talking about the latest accident and incident involving the uss john s. mccain. you can see the damage to the hull that it has had a collision with an oil tanker. there are 10 u.s. navy sailors now missing. the search is on for them. he began by extending his prayers and thoughts to them
and to their families. the search continues, he says, as we get more details. >> bill: he didn't have a lot of information there but we'll stand by for more as we get it. let's roll on. four minutes past the hour. >> shannon: fox news alert. the countdown is on to the celestial event of most of our lifetimes. a rare total solar eclipse hours away in parts of the u.s. welcome to a brand-new hour of "america's newsroom." i'm shannon bream. don't look at it unless you have the right glasses. >> bill: depends on my level of discipline. i know you won't. what if i have regular sunglasses? >> shannon: no, unless you want to go to the eye doctor. >> bill: thanks, mom. ifm owe bill hemmer. millions of americans are turning briefly into midnight during the middle of the day as the moon blocks out the sun from oregon to charleston, south carolina. some folks are saying they wouldn't miss this for the world including this gentleman. >> we're here to experience the
ellipse. we missed woodstock. >> they say it's almost mystical to do it. i would like to see one before i -- while i'm on this side of the dirt. >> bill: he will get his chance today. jonathan, what is happening where you are in south carolina? >> hundreds of people at clemson on the grass wanting to get the best possible spot even though the eclipse is still hours away. among those most excited a team of clemson astronomers. among that team donald, who has traveled the world to witness 26 previous solar eclipses. in 1973 he even flew aboard a concord jet to chase an eclipse for 74 minutes. he has spent more time under the moon's shadow than anyone else on earth and gives us a good idea of what to expect today. >> birds, for example,
returning to their nests, cattle and other animals in the field may be laying down -- bedding down for the evening. and it brings on an eerie feeling in many people. >> especially during the darkest phase of the eclipse. over clemson it is expected to occur at 2:37 this afternoon. >> bill: four hours from now. what do scientists want to learn from this, jonathan? >> eclipses give them their best opportunity to look at the sun's corona, the sun's outer atmosphere. here at clemson and 67 other locations along the eclipse's path. astronomers, students and trained volunteers have telescopes with digital cameras. they will take the images they record and clip them together. instead of just a two-minute video for the first time they will be able to watch how the sun's corona changes over a
90-minute period and better at predicting solar activity, especially the huge outbursts of highly charged particles. corona mass he jek shuns. >> the better we can forecast space weather the better we can predict when we need to put satellites into safe modes and build in redid undancy and so forth. >> they've planned for every contingency. what if a cloud blocks it? they're launching two weather balloons. cameras on the sun and the ground. even if the view of the eclipse is blocked from the ground we'll have a view from the edge of space. >> bill: jonathan, thank you so much. talk to you later in clemson, south carolina. >> shannon: another big story today. president trump expected to
make a major announcement on the u.s./afghanistan strategy in prime time in an address to the nation tonight. newt gingrich says the president has the right people around him to craft the strategy. >> you put your finger on one of the places he has a real breakthrough, a superb national security team with tillerson and others. nobody could argue he is doing this without having thought it through and had first rate people thinking through what he is going to do. >> shannon: michael warren is a senior writer for "the weekly standard". good to see you this morning. you write in this piece and talk about the people surrounding the president helping him make this decision. their aim was not to talk trump to pull troops out. that's something he talked about in the campaign but to assure him that raising troop levels would be the least bad option for a president resistant to being involved at all. he wants to avoid being known as the president who lost
afghanistan. >> i think that's right. he was basically torn between those two impulses. not wanting to lose but also not wanting to get involved or stay involved or certainly escalate foreign wars. the majority, large majority of his national security team had come around to the view that withdrawal was not the answer. it was certainly going to lead to a worse outcome and what we've seen, what we believe we'll hear from the president tonight is that the president has been convinced of that. pretty much all of those advisors, mcmaster, james mattis or rex tillerson, joseph dunford the join chiefs of staff chairman all agreed this was the right thing to do and their task was to convince donald trump that it was the right thing to do. he appears to have been convinced. >> shannon: i've read a lot of pieces on this as we look forward to the president's prime time address tonight.
there may have been -- -- the president said not to get overextended in foreign policy issues that he felt were not where the u.s. should be expending time and treasure and souls. >> that's right. jeff sessions was really the only principal on the national security committee to be reluctant to do this but the vast majority of his advisors did say this. i think what you are going to hear from the president tonight. you're likely to hear a case being made that al qaeda is a big problem. you mentioned the fear of afghanistan becoming another iraq. i think that's a real fear the president has. and so you are going to hear him make a case that al qaeda is stronger than it has been in the past in afghanistan. it's allied with the taliban and that if the united states does not want a repeat of what happened in iraq, where the troops were withdrawn, gave isis an opportunity to grow there, that if you want to
avoid that in afghanistan, this is the way to go forward but you are also going to hear from the president, i think, an emphasis that the united states does not want to nation build in afghanistan. i think that will be a big shift from where republican presidents -- one republican president, george w. bush had been at least retoreically in the past. >> shannon: where was steve bannon's voice in this conversation and will it have an impact now that he is formally gone from the white house? >> he wasn't there. we heard a lot of noise in the last week or so of steve bannon's tenure at the white house about a plan to essentially privatize the war, erik prince, the founder of black water was talking about it on tv. but look, i think the proof is in the pudding. steve bannon was fired right before the meeting at camp david on friday. that tells you all you need to know about his impact on this debate within the administration. it was never taken seriously by his aides.
you can never say never with president trump himself that viewpoint and withdrawing completely was never taken seriously. i think that will be reflected in what the president says tonight. >> shannon: michael warren. thanks for the preview. >> bill: 12 minutes past. president trump will be in phoenix tomorrow night for one of his campaign-style rallies. the mayor in that town doesn't want him there. should the president stay away? our panel will take that up in a moment. >> shannon: north korea ramping up its rhetoric. what they're threatening this time against the u.s. as tensions once again continue to rise. >> the white house needs to articulate a north korean strategy that we can work with the international community with the objective of ending the nuclear weapons program in north korea. that's what our objective needs to be. let's take a look at some numbers:
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>> shannon: president trump is heading out west tomorrow supposed to be holding a campaign-style rally in phoenix tomorrow night. one issue looming over the event the mayor of phoenix doesn't want him to come. he said if president trump is coming to phoenix to announce a pardon for the former sheriff. it will be true that it will be clear he wants to further divide our nation. we have michael starr hopkins and lena epstein. good to see both of you. so we have a congressional
representative who says this. he is basically trying again to feed more meat to the alt right. >> it's important that people see president trump's base of support is very, very strong. these rallies show the country that we don't all feel one way. we are a country deeply divided and i am concerned about that for our country's future. but with that in mind there is a tremendous trump base very bullish about the economic results of a trump presidency and reasserted ourselves after the powerhouse of the world after what happened with north korea. we're seeing results amidst a very controversial situation that happened in charlottesville. >> shannon: there were those who called for the president if he goes through with the president to do something to draw people together. we heard from andrew young, former congressman. former mayor of atlanta and
civil rights pioneer a very important voice. here is what he said about how he would like to see things moving forward. >> we never tried to take advantage of anybody else. our job was not to put down white people. our job was to lift everybody up together. to come so that we would learn to live together as brothers and sisters rather than perish together as fools. >> shannon: michael, he went on to say at parts during that interview saying he doesn't blame members of the kkk. not everything is about race. they're among the poorest and they have been used by politicians also. he is saying there is room to be conciliatory. can the president get to that message tomorrow night? >> i hope so. he is president of all the united states of america and as we saw over the last week or two, he hasn't been able to bring the country together. instead he has been divisive and has inflamed the rhetoric and played on a lot of racial tensions. i hope he takes the opportunity
no phoenix not to continue the divisive language but bring the country together. we're at a dangerous tipping point and republicans are starting to run away from this president. i think you see with the poll numbers if he can't find a way to show leadership he is at risk of not lasting for his entire presidency. >> shannon: what kind of opportunity does he have tomorrow night? what could he say that would heal some of these very deep wounds? >> he is an incredible opportunity. i hope he will convey the republican party is the party of lincoln, not the party of david duke and that in no way, shape or form is there any place in this country for hatred and violence and bigotry. it is an incredible opportunity for the president. i agree with what was just said. president trump is responsible for all americans in a time when we're deeply divided. i'm confident we'll see the leader in donald trump that we need at a time when we're deeply divided. i believe as americans we all want the same things and president trump has a great opportunity to speak to that
every night including tomorrow night. >> shannon: quick final word, michael. >> i think is president has had multiple opportunities during the campaign, now that he is president, and he has lacked the leadership ability to show that he can bring the country together. and i hope he can. but he hasn't changed much. i'm hard pressed at 75, 76 he will show a new side of himself. >> shannon: a lot of folks are hoping he will rise to the occasion tomorrow in phoenix. >> bill: 71. 20 past the hour, a countdown to a rare solar eclipse is less than two hours from now. tens of millions are americans are about to witness history. >> i just always wanted to see it. >> it is a unique experience. >> bill: our reporters are spread out across the country. we'll take you live to houston and check in how nasa is tracking this major solar event.
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>> shannon: millions of people across the country preparing for the great american solar eclipse. we've been covering some of the best viewing points in the country to catch this rare phenomenon as he makes its way from the west to the east coast. how is nasa tracking it all? casey siegel joins us live from houston. good morning, casey. >> good morning, shannon. the jets back here are fueled. pilots and crews are out there getting ready and they are going to leave these ramps within the next 10 minutes or so where they will then taxi out to the runway for a
scheduled 10:15 central, 11:15 eastern departure. the wb57 jets will fly here from kansas city, missouri, to follow the path of total eclipse through missouri, illinois, kentucky and tennessee traveling at 50,000 feet whizzing through the air at more than 400 miles per hour. the two jets flying 50 miles apart and will be in total eclipse for seven to eight minutes. the reason this mission is so important is because those planes are outfitted with a tremendous amount of not only technology but the very latest in high definition cameras. so they're going to be gathering data and images the whole time. images of the sun and even images of the planet mercury, which is very close to the sun.
and nasa scientists are interested in learning more about that. so because they will be in total eclipse sort of traveling through it and experiencing seven to eight minutes, they are very excited about the live images and all of the data that is going to be beamed down to earth here that everyone will be anxiously awaiting to watch. by the way, you've probably heard for those of us here on the ground we'll experience only about two to two and a half minutes or so of total eclipse. again, the pilots of these planes will be in it for seven to eight minutes. so they are quite excited about the shows they will get way above there, shannon. >> shannon: those will be incredible images for the rest of us. can't wait. >> bill: from houston to eastern wyoming. tens of thousands showing up. corey powell, science editor for aeon joins me now.
now in route to the eastern part of the state near south dakota. you picked it for a reason, why? >> i did what a lot of people are doing. i looked at all the wets maps and tried to figure out where i'll get clear skies and a nice long time to bask in the moon's shadow because it would be pretty bummed out to make the preparation and watch the sun hanging out behind a cloud. >> bill: you don't want that. as a scientist what are you hoping to learn from this or observe? do you know or have an idea? >> i've talked to a bunch of different astronomers about this. there is going to be a lot of really cool science of solar physics going on today. for most scientists is the same as everybody else, it takes all these abstract ideas about the moon and orbit around the earth and relative size of the moon and sun and the things you read about it.
when you see it, it feels different. if you're a scientist no different than anyone else. you take something that's very intellectual and makes it very emotional and real. >> bill: you're in it for the experience. >> yes. >> bill: you've learned a lot about this already. go ahead. >> there are certain things you can watch for. you can watch for the shape of the corona that tells you what the sun is doing right now and how the sun is interacting with the earth. you can watch how the sky darkens. how the winds change and the temperature changes just from that little moment of taking the sun away. really interesting things to watch for. the number one thing is just the experience. you are standing in the shadow of the moon watching the moon go around the earth and feeling that the actual physical shape of the sun. a very visceral kind of thing. >> bill: enjoy it. i know you will. two hours away for you? about that?
>> about that. for everybody else, there will be a great partial eclipse for pretty much the whole country and there are lots of places to watch it streaming online. there will be great photos coming out. so it's an experience that everybody gets to share in. >> bill: very cool. enjoy it. thank you, corey. we'll continue our special coverage, rare total ellipse. sheppard will host a live show at noon eastern time 90 minutes from now. >> shannon: president trump huddling with talk advisors to talk strategy about afghanistan. >> president trump: nothing like it. the job they do is absolutely incredible. you'll be hearing. >> shannon: as the president prepares to address the nation tonight should there be a new strategy in america's
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>> shannon: fox news alert. north korea issuing new threats as the u.s. kicks off its annual joint military drills with south korea. they call the war games reckless and again warning it could strike any part of the u.s. including the u.s. territory of guam where our own reporter is reporting live. william, has the recent escalation with north korea has changed how the u.s. will proceed or not proceed with this military exercise? >> many argued that it should have but it did not. now, this military drill is really one of the largest in the region. it has thousands of south korean, u.s., allied troops.
it is a computerized war game to test out different scenarios regarding conventional and nuclear threats and how each side would respond. now, it lasts for 10 days and has been going on since the 70s. each year north korea their propaganda machine uses this event to play the victim and try to drive a wedge through the effort in hopes of driving u.s. forces from the korean peninsula. >> north korea should not distort our efforts and should not make provocative actions aggravating the situation by using it as an excuse. >> this is dividing much of south korea and prompting a robust debate in washington does the u.s. really modify the games or show restraint in hopes of bringing north korea to the negotiating table? or do we show strength? does the u.s. demonstrate it will not give into strength or abandon allies? that debate is heating up as
activists demand they stop the exercises to avoid war. >> the military exercises begin today. i think the right thing to do is minimize the scale of the exercises or stop the exercises permanently. they can provoke north korea during the crisis in the korean peninsula. >> the question is how will north korea respond to this 10-day event? last year it fired a ballistic missile from a submarine with an underground nuclear test and fired four missiles capable of hitting u.s. bases in japan. history suggests he will not remain silent. he has been warned don't hit guam or threat en u.s. forces. back to you. >> we'll see this evening everyone together will learn what the president is going to do. what his decisions as commander-in-chief are. and that is the most important
job he has obviously amongst all the duties as commander-in-chief sending our men and women in harm. >> bill: former deputy campaign manager speaking about the address later tonight. the president will announce his strategy after win in afghanistan after his meeting on friday afternoon. he could open the door to the deployment of more u.s. troops in the region or not. the first u.s. deployed troops in afghanistan 2001, 16 years ago. today 8400 military personnel are there fighting that battle. so far 16 years of conflict has cost more than $700 billion. resulting in more than 2260 lost lives. andrew peek former advisor and former army intelligence officer. the only word i could get from the white house he will give a
personal message to the troops. everything else is under seal and no leak. what do you think he will do tonight? >> i think the president has a strong cultural bond with a lot of the enlisted ground forces, i really do. he talks in war-like terms. he talks about defeating the enemy. i expect him to tell them that they aren't in afghanistan to nation build. but if more troops come to afghanistan they're there to hunt terrorists, not to nation build and prop up the afghan government. >> bill: james mattis has been challenged on this and he said this over the weekend. >> the president had to make strategic decisions. as i said before he delegated to me when he came in tactical and operational decisions. i think once he really did come in with very different courses of action. >> bill: the other thing he said, andrew, there were several options. the reason we had to get back
together on friday he kept asking questions and wanted answers on all of them. he is pushing the generals to give him different options. >> he is and rightfully so. it is not clear. there is a difference between today and 2009 where president obama went through a longer strategic review in afghanistan before sending maybe 10 times as many troops to afghanistan and shoving in a hand-picked general mccrystal to run the war. by contrast donald trump came to power promising to get out of afghanistan. i think rightfully seeing it as a strategic backwater. >> bill: the ranking member of the foreign relations committee told me this on fox news sunday about more troops. he doesn't like it. >> should we put more military in? i don't believe putting more american soldiers in afghanistan is the answer. we need to work to fill the void so voids are not created
so that there is opportunity for afghanistan to have a stable central government. >> bill: so far down the road on this and i've seen your comments. you don't believe afghanistan has a history of a central government. that's something to consider. i wonder if president trump needs to complete the following sentence. how do you maintain a successful mission and not go in reverse? based on the gains we've had. >> the key to a stable central government in afghanistan is a hub and spoke relationship between kabul and the region. kabul has never been strong enough to dominate the provinces, kandahar and elsewhere. it has always looked like a series of negotiations, some bribes, some threats, some cooperation between a slightly stronger central government and strong provinces. and to make sure we get to that place, the key ingredient is money, not u.s. troops.
the soviet backed afghan government collapsed when the soviet money ran out not when the soviet troops withdrew. >> bill: $700 billion so far. >> i would rather be sending money than troops. >> bill: we'll see what we decide later tonight. the president live on fox, prime time our coverage begins at 6:00 eastern time. shannon, what's next? >> shannon: a new report claiming special counselor robert mueller has a team of amateur sleuths working 24/7 to try to find information they think is bad for president trump. jordan sekulow will join us live and new trouble for
before president trump signed a sanction bill for punishment for moscow's meddling in the presidential election of last year. >> shannon: report on the russia investigation. according to politico an army of amateur sleuths from short order cooks to art teachers have taken it upon themselves to find any bombshell information they can about president trump the article saying countless people like these are pouring through trump's personal and business records and campaign clues and share their findings and tips to reporters and the f.b.i. joining me now jordan sekulow attorney for the american center for law and justice. i thought it was interesting to read about one of the gentleman who is doing this is self-employed. he has now since november been working up to 16 hours a day seven days a week burned through nearly all of his personal savings now getting donations from family and friends because he is convinced he may find the one thing that he believes would end this
presidency. >> now, we have a special counsel investigating russian potential ties to the trump campaign, we have house committees, we have senate committees, we have the hillary clinton campaign doing opposition research. we had fusion gps making up fake dossiers and the f.b.i. fooled by that dossier and we have a president who has literally been doing business in the public eye for decades, including these deals in -- i know they specifically mention casino deals. they're one of the most highly regulated businesses in the united states. so the president has been involved in many lawsuits, he is under scrutiny his entire career. i think it's wonderful that these folks who want to bring down the president are wasting all of their time and money to do so. i don't even think the special counsel will be able to find anything on the president. so good luck to these sleuths who are again spending all they have to try to bring this
president down. it does underscore how much hatred there is out there for this president of the united states who was elected so overwhelmingly by the american people. >> shannon: there are those who say that these guys may turn up a nugget. part of the article talking about them says this. this may sound like a pointless industry of con spir tee theorists but it could make a difference. among the 15,000 pieces of mail and 6,000 telegrams, the watergate special property khutor received during his first year on the job an average of three or four substantial allegations each month. they've reached out to many places, they're not giving up. >> they have tip lines for this at the f.b.i. i'm not saying that no one can legitimately provide some information. at the same time that watergate
comparison existed pre-internet and digital age. it is not that difficult to find this information anymore including f.b.i. investigators and special counsel's team and any other prosecutors or attorneys. i think that's one huge difference and then second, we have to remember, the only thing the special counsel is looking at is russian illegal -- illegal russian ties between the trump campaign and the russian government. talking to russians is not illegal. that would have to be some kind of -- basically the only law there would be an exchange of actual money between the campaign and the russian government and i don't think -- you know, if the special counsel can't find it there is no way the sleuths will be able to find it, either. >> shannon: there is an investigation with i.t. staffers who once worked for a couple dozen democrats on capitol hill most notably
debbie wasserman schultz that went on for months all he was arrested. growing questions about why he has been so loyal to him even through all of this. here is what she said last week i believe. she said i believe i did the right thing and i would do it again. there are times when you can't be afraid to stand alone and you have to stand up for what's right. it would have been easier for me to just fire him and there are those who have suggested it was some kind of profiling or discrimination because he and his family who worked on the hill were from pakistan. >> let me tell you something, if your only defense, this came from his attorney. you are being prosecuted and you have these indictments, charges issued against you because you are a muslim. that's a pretty weak defense. we know there has been this money transfer. we know his wife left the country. i don't know why the f.b.i. let her do. she had more cash on her than you are allowed to leave with. she add $12,000. you are supposed to leave with $10,000 max.
she have has gone with his kids out of the country. there are major issues. when you start sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to pakistan there is one, a terror concern, but two, remember the dnc which debbie wasserman schultz chaired would not let the f.b.i. look into their server. guess what? this guy had access to it because he had access to her ipad and computers as well as many other democrats' information. all this talk about russian hacking you have to wonder could this guy be involved in selling information to foreign governments? that's why they've got the initial charges against him, shannon. i think that was just to get him charged and now they'll do the counter intelligence investigation. >> shannon: there may be more to come. jordan, have a great week. >> bill: 11 minutes before the hour. the gop majority in place for now. how new electoral maps for key battleground states could help shape mid-term elections.
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>> seven minutes away an "happening now." president trump back from his working vacation ready to turn the page after a tough week. he will unveil a major policy change tonight with a speech on afghanistan. and the president taking on the media, unhappy with recent coverage. also today more confederate statues come down and we have live fox team coverage of what is expected to be one of the most complete eclipses most of us will see in our lifetimes ahead. "happening now." >> bill: thank you, jon. see you in seven minutes. the republican majority won't give up the advantage without a fight. they are working hard to get a new congressional map drawn for critical states.
peter doocy live with that from washington good morning, peter. >> good morning from california, bill. and right now the democrats are trying to flip 80 house seats. that's more than three times as many as they need to win back control of the house of representatives. they know that they can't do it without very impressive candidates so they're trying to line up dozens of military veterans to challenge incumbents. >> i think they already stepped up and answered the call to service to their country before and they feel the same call to service in a different form. that would be in the united states congress and a lot of these folks it's not just recruitment and us asking them to run, they came to us excited, excited to serve. >> the best chances democrats have to turn red districts blue are probably the 23 that voted for hillary clinton and a republican member of congress. the gop has their eyes on
expanding their numbers in the dozen districts that went for trump and a democratic member. their strategy will be to make liberals look too liberal. >> as they move more left and trying to out flank one another we will render them unelectable in a general election for supporting that. i can't wait to run against democrats saying they want to abolish the va, medicare part d, want complete government control of your healthcare and want to raise a trillion dollars in taxes. >> the president's party tends to lose seats in their first set of mid-term elections. republican officials say this president has been nothing but helpful so far and may send him out to stump for vulnerable candidates. democratic officials not able to name anybody they may send out at surrogates next year. >> bill: orange county, california. eastern l.a. thank you. enjoy the sunshine. >> shannon: it is almost here.
>> shannon: weird science, do not look at it. this is my song. don't look. >> bill: one hour away, noon eastern time is when people will see things in northwestern oregon, you see that? >> shannon: i did. we have reporters everywhere. they are masking that line across the country, be careful. did i mention about the glasses, don't look? >> bill: yes, you have been talking about it all morning.
i really fell in love with her 20 years ago, go back every year. but there is a huge party that is about to take place in all the spots that you see across the map. enjoy it. shep takes over at noon today. >> jon: and we begin with a fox news alert pretty president trump expected to lay out his new strategy for afghanistan tonight in a primetime address to the nation. happy monday to you. i'm jon scott. >> and i melissa francis. a speech from fort myer in arlington, virginia, coming after extensive meetings with top military leaders, of the war that has now lasted 16 years. defense secretary james mattis staying quiet on the plans as he made the trip to jordan this morning, but hinted that it could have implications for the number of u.s. troops overseas. >> i was not willing to make